Should you count calories at all?

Calorie counting used to be all the rage, and yet to some extent it has still stuck, especially when people want to lose weight. The math seemed simple- we have a basal metabolic rate (BMR), somewhat reflective of thyroid health (how fast processes move, aka our metabolism), and its calories in versus calories out. Right? Not so much.. carbohydrates and protein provide 4 calories per gram, and fats provide 9 calories per gram. Then depending on how much muscle we have, muscle (anaerobic) will burn more calories in the long run than cardio (aerobic), and what/when we eat can get metabolized differently when we're sitting on our butt versus post marathon. Further, the majority of foods are grossly underestimated, and as humans, we also have the tendency to underestimate as many studies have shown that we're not accounting for nearly 1/3 of calories consumed! Now add in the stress of being totally unsure of those counts, unless you want to weight your food (a viable option). 

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How much your genetics matter in health & outcomes

Genetics are the building block of our material, the stuff we got from a male and a female, and that's what we're made of. Not so much.. the good news is that we're in control of about 90-95%+ of our health outcome, but doesn't mean there isn't something to be said about the foundation we've been dealt. Crazy thought- we were in our grandmother's uterus. We also store past emotions, trials and tribulations, anger & happiness, etc. in our DNA. So should you get 23&me done? Perhaps, but there's also many more genes that are not accounted for and then it's still a piece of the puzzle in terms of health too at the end of the day. 

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If and/or when bioidentical hormones, or hormonal birth control are appropriate

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was developed in the 1960's to 'liberate women' from the woes of menopause- think hot flashes, insomnia, sweats, etc. Socially, much of the credo was that women can stay youthful forever, a desire by many, both men and women alike (think stigma of getting older). A few decades before, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) was developed to help relieve men of depression, impaired memory, fatigue, and low libido. And back to 1960, was the development of female birth control, the oral contraceptive pill- used both to prevent pregnancy, and for relief of painful periods, acne, and mood swings. 

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Best practices to protect your bones

Bones are pretty important to our health- they hold us up (literally), house some of our organs, provide attachment for muscles, store calcium, and produce blood. They constantly change and shift throughout life, breaking down then being built up, to fit the body's needs. And bone health is more than just calcium, as important vitamins & minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin D, strontium, and boron, for example, are imperative for their integrity. Lifestyle choices like weight bearing exercises and regular movement also aid in healthy bones.  

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Period problems? Or had a history of period problems?

And it's not fun. The cramping so bad we miss getting together with friends or going out, feeling like we're going to pass out if Midol or ibuprofen isn't around, vomiting, so bloated right before that pants won't even button, breast tenderness, acne, irregular timing/bleeding, and you feel there's something more than just birth control. Or perhaps this was part of your history, and now you're wondering if it's perimenopause or stress, and if there's any damn solution to get rid of those hot flashes! Oy! 

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Medications have their place.. just sometimes not all the time

A recent article in the New York Times states that people taking antidepressants are finding it difficult to quit, sometimes regardless of how long they've been on the drug. Antidepressents were only supposed to be given for short-term use, about 2 months, and now 15.5 million people have been on them for at least 5 years. That rate has just about doubled since 2010, and well over tripled that amount from 2000.

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Dining out? This hidden chemical may be halting your health goals

Dining out is generally touted as a fun experience, whether it's a gathering with friends, family, partner, or on your own, it can be a treat where you don't have to cook or clean dishes. You may even become inspired by some of the dishes and their flavors, or find a new love for a certain cuisine or ingredient. And now there are many places where we can substitute or add ingredients to fit our dietary or food preferences! 

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3 reasons why you could be at a weight plateau

Weight is a tricky topic- perhaps we've changed up our nutritional intake, going to the gym a little bit more, drinking more water, etc. yet nothing seems to quite have changed. Unfortunately the reason why we gain weight can be numerous reasons, and therefore may need numerous approaches to have pounds shed. And weight is just a symptom, so it's important to consider all the possibilities.   

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Is it too late for prevention?

Never. The only thing may change, are the goals- such as if someone already has a terminal illness, at the point of needing hospice, or a genetic disease that cannot be reversed, then the goals become more palliative in improving their quality of life. However, did you know that millennials (born 1982-1994, rough estimate, as there are breakdowns in-between) have the lowest mortality rate, first time in history that a generation is lower than the ones before? 

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How Your Birthday Affects Your Health

Astrology is sometimes looked upon as not quite a science, but on the contrary, it can provide valuable information to who we are! We are made up of mostly water, which can be affected by our atmosphere, including planetary alignment- think of how some people's joints hurt more in certain weather than others.

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What Exactly is Hormone Imbalance

Let's start by going over what hormones actually are. Hormones are a certain type of chemical messenger created in endocrine glands, such as the hypothalamus, thyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, etc. And when those lines of communication get thrown off balance by our environment, stress, poor diet, and other factors, there's an imbalance with symptoms to match. 

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How Accurate is Your Bloodwork?

Ranges on bloodwork vary per lab, and are based on the bell curve of pathology. It's why lab ranges may read as normal despite you not feeling your best. There's a lot of talk now about 'tightening the ranges', and that's done to help explain exactly that- to potentially offer more of a reason, based on physiology and clinical knowledge, of why things are not quite right. 

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Help Keep Your Energy Stable with These 3 Kitchen Spices

There's a million different reasons to boost energy, but even that's exhausting to think about! Maybe a million is exaggerating, though sometimes we can feel so exasperated by stuff going on inside our body, outside our body, to our body, and then there's all the emotional stuff and constantly thinking- maybe all before 3pm as that's when we line up for our mid-afternoon coffee/red bull for a jolt of energy!

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ArticlesSerena Goldstein
5 Foods to Boost Adrenal Health

The stress/stressors of modern day life is enough to wear down even the healthiest of people. Types of stress include decision fatigue (we're strongest the first 3 hours of the day- so make your schedule the day before as best you can), trouble at work, argument with another human being, physical injury, multiple diagnosis (or even just fighting off a cold), etc.

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ArticlesSerena Goldstein